Monday, March 12, 2012

Lucky Charm - Taste Testing the McDonald's McCafé Shamrock Shake

By: Finance Foodie

It's everybody’s lucky day, as the seasonal McCafé Shamrock Shake is now available nationwide at participating restaurants across the country for the first time ever! The creamy, mint-flavored shake made with McDonald’s low-fat vanilla ice cream, "Shamrock Shake" syrup and topped with whipped cream and a cherry has been an annual limited-time menu favorite since its introduction in 1970. Typically appearing on restaurant menus in select markets only around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, this year is the first time in history that customers nationwide will have the opportunity to experience the “Simple Joy of McCafé” with a Shamrock Shake.

Walking by the huge ad everyday outside McD's storefront of course made me want to take this baby for a test drive. My thoughts? Not as bad as expected! Usually, anything "minty" makes me think of Scope and the not-found-in-nature green coloring of the shake was initially really off-putting, but since the mint flavor was so subtle, it tasted more like someone dropped a small breath mint in a vanilla milkshake. The biggest downside - at 540 calories for a small shake, it sure packs a big punch in the gut - so obviously, this decadent dessert should be enjoyed only in moderation.
McDonald’s is sharing the luck of the Shamrock Shake now through March 25, so hurry up and get your fix before it’s too late!

*****Giveaway******

Financefoodie.com and McDonald's wants two of my readers to get either $25 Arch Card or a Shamrock Shake night with the family!

Grand Prize 
$25 Arch Card - Congrats Diana!
First Prize
 

Five (5) free product coupons for a Shamrock Shake (ARV: $10) - Congrats Aileen!

You can enter up to THREE times:
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite thing about St. Patty's Day (mine is the green clothing -- green is my favorite color after pink!).
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave a separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave a separate comment telling me this)

This is a quick one - contest ended on Wednesday, March 14 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards!

Full Disclosure: Product coupons provided by McDonald's. Arch Card provided by Finance Foodie Media Productions. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. 

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Aileen said...

I like the green beer. arobimom at gmail dot com

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peg42 said...

Mine is having corned beef & cabbage. Love it!
Thanks so much
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smilekisses said...

My favorite thing about St. Pat's day is seeing all the decorations and everything so green.
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peg42 said...

I'm a twitter follower (peg42)
Thanks
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smilekisses said...

I follow Finance Foodie on twitter @smilekisses
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Amber said...

I enjoy drinking!

tavernie said...

I like the Parades! Thank You!

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Daniel M said...

yep like wearing a lot green! -regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Dawn V said...

My favorite thing about St. patrick's day is that McDonald's brings their Shamrock shakes back!!

Erica C. said...

Green is my favorite thing! I can't get enough of it on a daily basis and St Pattys day is just a big ol celebration with green everywhere!
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xraygirl said...

I like getting to pinch people for not wearing green.
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Becca Ann said...

I love making green food!
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pauline15 said...

I like getting the fun stuff I see in the stores for my kids to wear. They get a funny hat, some fun beads and my daughter, some funky earrings as well!
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pauline15 said...

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Stephanie said...

excuse to have a beer with dinner
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lkvoyer said...

One of our favorite things about St. Patricks day is the local downtown parade. It's always a lot of fun and is a rite of springtime!. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

The Irish kisses are fabulous
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stOOpidgErL said...

My favorite thing about St Pattys day is Shamrock Shakes!
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Debbie C said...

My favorite thing about St. Patty's Day is the frivolity and the Leprechauns!

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Debbie C said...

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Peter Schott said...

Not sure if it's my favorite, but one of them - mint makes a comeback. Mint w/ chocolate, mint milkshakes, mint oreos - they all come back for a limited time.

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crackersmacker said...

My favorite thing is the St. Patty's Day parade!

DianaT said...

I love the decorations and sending fun cards to celebrate the day.

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ard1977 said...

I love Shamrocks and Leprauchans! Thanks! ard1977@gmail dot com

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amy beth marantino said...

the best part is that cabbage goes on sale for 7 cents per pound.

Judy B. said...

Best thing for me is all the green food.

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RJ Rox said...

I LOVE St.Patrick's Day because of the parade!

Katharina said...

My favorite things about St. Patrick's Day... okay first would be the theme meal that my family always makes for dinner. Never know what we may tint green. :-)

Second is researching some of the legends with my daughter such as how to find the leprechaun's gold. :-) Third is stopping for my Shamrock Shake every Saturday they're available while we're out shopping.

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sweepmom said...

I like boiled dinner (corned beef and cabbage).

Mysharona said...

i like the party my neighbor throws.

erma said...

I like the green clothing.
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debbie said...

I like the corned beef and cabbage.
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EMMAHORTON said...

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THE GREEN FOOD

Mami2jcn said...

I like watching the parades.

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jenspurg said...

We have a parade in our town to celebrate the Irish heritage here. The food and carnival are the best!
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jenspurg said...

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The Mommy said...

I like saying "Top o' the mornin' to ya!" to people in a fake Irish accent!

susan1215 said...

We always make Rubens on St Patricks Day

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A Cooking Bookworm said...

My favorite thing about St Patrick's Day IS that the Shamrock Shakes are finally available again!! Wish they were around all year!

Thanks for the giveaway!

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kelley said...

i like the fact you get to pinch those who dont wear green :)

Susie Chadwick said...

I like doing St. Patrick's Day crafts with my kids, especially the leprechaun hunt.

Susie Chadwick said...

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Bebemiqui said...

I like the green cake.
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Rich said...

My kids & i make green eggs and ham so it's a fun tradition

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McKim said...

I like the traditional corned beef.

Kristy Thiel said...

I love that it makes people feel lucky!

Annette D said...

I love green too! I enjoy St Patrick's Day because it is just plain fun!

Annette D said...

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Vance Creve said...

I like that everyone comes together to celebrate St Patricks Day in their own way.
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Vance Creve said...

I like that everyone comes together to celebrate St Patricks Day in their own way.
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kellyr78 said...

I love that the weather starts getting warmer around St. Patty's Day, and the parades.
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Meggiedarlin said...

My favorite thing is that Shamrock Shakes are available!

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Nicole C. said...

mine is just the color green. I love green!!!

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Steph said...

My favorite thing is the great mucis and the food.

Anonymous said...

Green beer is my fav.
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ellie said...

My favorite is the parade.
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Claire said...

If I'm entirely honest... the drinking! ;P

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The Sleepy Dreamer said...

Getting to wear green clothing, and showcase my irish shirts. Or green shirts. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

maxfate said...

I like finding fun recipes for St Patrick's Day-making green foods!

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tina reynolds said...

hmm pinching anyone (especially hubby) that forgets to wear green : ) thanks for the chacne to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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Diane52 said...

I love the parades and cooking corn beef and cabbage
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mogrill said...

Mine is my birthstone! GREEN emerald.
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Sunnyvale said...

Favorite is eating corned beef, which we seldom eat

Melissa said...

My favorite is the tradition of eating cabbage, one of my favorite veggies.
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Rebecca Graham said...

I like green clothing and green food.

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Lo said...

My favorite thing is our small local parade, because my kids love it.

Lo said...

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Mary Casper said...

My favorite thing about St patricks day is watch all those that are not Irish pretend to be
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Debra said...

see all the people dressed in there green

MANDY83 said...

i love the boiled ham and boiled potatoes and cabbage dinner we have

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Amanda said...

My favorite thing about St Patty's Day is seeing all the green!
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1porkchop said...

My favorite part of St Patricks Day is the various misspellings of the word leprechaun.

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Anonymous said...

We always have corned beef and
cabbage for St Patricks Day
That is my favorite
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RebaFan said...

I like any reason to wear green!

Jen H said...

I love the green too, I really am in love with all things Irish.. Ireland is my dream get away so this holiday just makes me cheerful!

Jen H said...

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buzzd said...

green beer is my fav

Misty Sunrise said...

I love the parades. :)

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Roxy said...

honestly, it's the McD's shamrock shake!

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Anonymous said...

love the parades

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laurasloves said...

There is something about the day that just makes you feel lucky and as if it is magical. I also love leprechauns!
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Michelle Spayde said...

I like eating out at our favorite Irish restaurant.

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WWillows6 said...

My favorite thing about St. Patricks Day is getting to make corned beef.
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Lynn said...

I like finding something green to wear. :)

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JACLYN said...

Love wearing green on St Patty's!
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tattwo said...

My favorite thing about St Patty's Day is people telling me I must be Irish since I look Irish. Thanks.

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Cweller75 said...

My favorite thing about St. Patrick's day is cooking kraut and sausage.

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Anonymous said...

I like the pictures of the Chicago river when they dye it green. I would love to go there and see it and the parade they have.

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My favorite part about St Patricks day is that everyone becomes Irish for a day. We have green everything, everywhere and it is widely celebrated.

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slehan said...

I'm Irish and I like to celebrate!
Thanks for the contest.

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Leenburke said...

My favorite thing is the corned beef...mmmmm.

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Anonymous said...

I love bar-hopping with my friends--it's just something we rarely do.

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amyd said...

green beer and irish food!
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Mtlgrl4evr said...

My favorite thing about St. Patty's Day is all of the green food and beer!

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cdziuba said...

Best thing no doubt is the corned beef and cabbage!

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brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...love celebrating my Irish Heritage, watching the parades, & imbibing a pint or two of Guinness !

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ladyt64 said...

My favorite thing is going to the parade.

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Angela H said...

I will have to go with the color green everywhere. :) That is my daughter's favorite color so she loves it too.

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Peace Love and Pets said...

Green drinks, especially the Shamrock Shake, not sure why that isn't here year round

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michedt said...

My favorite thing is all the green food:)
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Jennafer211 said...

Everyone seems to be happier on St. Patrick's Day. thanks!!

Leslie S. said...

Corn beef and cabbage! YUMMMMMMMMMM

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dddiva said...

The corned beef- actually the reubens but to me everything is better in a sandwich. ;-)
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katecontestgirl said...

The green food
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skipthelaundry said...

I like pinching people!
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Reyna said...

My favorite thing about St. Patty's Day is pinching people if their not wearing green!

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barblong said...

My favorite thing about St. Patrick's Day is wearing green which is one of my favorite colors.

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tlcfromtn said...

Corned beef and cabbage!

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Shelley Bgreen said...

My favorite things is seeing how everyone else dresses. There are some crazy green outfits!!

angie lilly said...

I don't really have a fav thing...I guess the meany in me would like having free reign to pinch people who don't wear green...LOL
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Reyna said...

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Chris said...

It's gotta be the color green! I love greed :)

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Diane said...

i LOVE Corned beef and cabbage !!!!!!!

Diane said...

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Kristie said...

I like being able to make fun St. Patricks Day projects and treats with the kids :-)

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Niko said...

Mine is definitely everyone doing their best to wear green!

Thanks,
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Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

My fave thing is Shamrock Shakes. I've been getting them since I was a kid & start getting them in Feb. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

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Donna said...

I like wearing green.
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Atreau said...

My favorite thing is the Irish food.

Maria B. said...

^^ being able to pinch someone
ahha
(my bf said "drinking")

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spirit_kim said...

I love the corned beef and cabbage our neighbor makes it every year!
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Melissa said...

I like looking for four leaf clovers with my daughter!
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Melanie Comello said...

Honestly, my answer has to be green beer lol. not necessarily to drink, i just think it looks really neat lol.

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